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Why tabs on top were neccesary on Firefox 4

The team working behind Firefox 4 published a video explaining the interface design decisions that led to put the tabs on top of the sidebar. The layout popularized by Google Chrome and was later adopted by Opera has a lot of benefits for the upcoming Firefox 4.

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The most interesting feature to me is the fact that enabling a tab like an Application Tab hides the navigation bar, much like the Application Shortcut feature in Google Chrome. There are already some mockups with the new tab layout on top:

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